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Since the International Year of Disabled Persons in 1981,  people with disability have organized themselves into their own organizations all over  the world. These are sometimes called Disabled People's Organizations or DPOs. DPO's are  those controlled by a majority of people with disability (51%) at the board and  membership levels. The role of these organizations includes providing a voice of their own, identifying needs, expressing views on priorities, evaluating services and advocating change and public awareness. Some Organizations also provide or sell equipment.

DPOs believe that people with disability are their own best spokespersons and their role has been and is fundamental for the human rights movement of people with disability.

There are a variety of different types of disabilities that have there own organizations & these include the Mobility Impaired.

South Africa

A wide range of advocacy and self-help organization exist in South Africa. They include organisations such as the overtly political Disabled People South Africa, aligned with the ruling African National Congress, The National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA) , as well as single-issue national organisations such as the QuadPara Association of South Africa.

TypesQuadPara Association of Western Cape

Disability organisations in South Africa 3 different kinds of DPOs:

  1. Diagnostic-focused (such DPOs represent a medical diagnostic group – e.g. people living with cerebral palsy-United Cerebral Palsy Association Of South Africa (U.C.P.A)
  2. Population-specific (such DPOs represent a population group – e.g. women with disability).
  3. Cross-disability (such DPOs represent the interests of people with all kinds of disability).

Within these DPOs that represent medical diagnostic groups, are provincial organisations to assist it's members in a particular province. An example of this is Quadriplegic Association of the Western Cape (QAWC). They are associated with  the QuadPara Association of South Africa and assist its members in the Western Cape.

Organizations such as these assist with and are involved in:QuadPara logo

  • Coordinating, policy-making, governing and supporting” in all areas of disability in South Africa.
  • Lobbies and advises on pressing issues such as the accessibility of South Africa.
  • Develops projects, such as computer centres to provide IT training and employment support.
  • Assistance for people leaving hospital after sustaining spinal cord injuries, by providing them with useful information and products.
  • Education and Employment Support through learnerships and promoting small businesses owned by people with disabilities.
  • Self Help Centres are homes where people with disabilities live. They are supported, financed and run by many of these organizations.
  • Safety programs to prevent disability. An example of these are:
    • Buckle Up – We Don’t Want New Members. Road safety campaign aimed at getting motorists to use their seatbelts.
    • Diving Prevention Program. QASA produced a DVD warning of the dangers of diving, a major cause of spinal cord injury.

To mention just a few.

Sports Organizations

There are also a wide variety of Sports Organizations, including:

  • International organizations such as International Paralympic Committee
  • National sports organizations that govern abeld bodied sports, as well as some disability sports. An example of this, is The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).
  • SASAPD (South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled), which govern some physically disabled sports.
  • Provincial clubs, such as The Free State Sport Association for the Physically Disabled & Visually Impaired.

International Paralympic CommitteeInternational Paralympic Committee

The nine sports that the International Paralympic Committee has direct governance over include: Paralympic athletics, Paralympic swimming, Paralympic shooting, Paralympic powerlifting, Para-alpine skiing, Paralympic biathlon, Paralympic cross-country skiing, ice sledge hockey and Wheelchair DanceSport. This requires the IPC to supervise and coordinate the World Championships and other competitions for each of the nine sports it regulates.

Thanks to its classification system, athletes with similar disabilities compete together.

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The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC)

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) is the National Olympic Committee (NOC) and National Paralympic Committee (NPC) for South Africa, and the responsible body for South Africa at the Commonwealth Games. It is also responsible for high-performance sport in the country and coordinates the relationship with various international sports federations.SASCOC

Athletics, Swimming /Aquatics, Waterpolo, Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Canoeing, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing,  Football, Gymnastics,  Handball, Hockey, Judo, Karate, Modern Pentathlon, Netball, Rowing, Rugby 7s, Sailing, Shooting, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling  are all governed by SASCOC  in South Africa. They not only help look after all our various National Federations who are affiliated to them, but are responsible for the awarding for National Protea Colours to athletes who have met the criteria to represent South Africa in these different sporting codes, however these sports are available to all who wish to participate, but not all are available for the Mobility Impaired.

SASAPD (South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled)

SASAPD (South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled) was establishmentSouth Africa Sport for Physically Disabled in 1962. The focus of the organisation is to develop and promote the sporting codes offered at Paralympic level for athletes with physical disabilities, visual impairment and blindness.

They offer pathways through their affiliations with international bodies such as IBSA, IWAS and CPISRA and The Nedbank National Championships for Physically Disabled, as recognised steps towards Paralympic Games qualification across a variety of sports.

They work and are an affiliate member of SASCOC as well as being associated members of a number of other national sporting federations.

You can visit their web site at:

Provincial Sports Associations

There are also many provinces that govern a variety sports in a particular province in South Africa, such as The Free State Sport Association for the Physically Disabled & Visually Impaired. You can visit their web site at:

To find an organization that can assist you, visit the province that you reside in.

If you would like to find out more about these & other Sports Organizations or the sports that are available for you, you can visit our Sports Page:




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